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German iPhone sales threatened by ruling

updated 09:25 am EST, Tue November 20, 2007

German iPhone stopped?

Germany's legal system has granted a preliminary injunction against T-Mobile sales of the iPhone, filings reveal. Reuters reports that the measure was instigated by rival carrier Vodafone, which argued that the iPhone should not be sold under its current terms, requiring buyers to agree to a two-year T-Mobile contract; moreover, the phone is engineered to be difficult if not impossible to unlock. A number of European countries explicitly allow unlocking, and in some cases forbid carriers from selling exclusive contracts.

T-Mobile says it has been informed of the injunction, but will for the time being keep selling the iPhone. "The legal basis for the injunction is currently being examined," a representative explains. A spokeswoman for the court ruling in the matter, meanwhile, says that T-Mobile is allowed to file an objection.

Vodafone says that it does not want to stop the iPhone entirely, but rather have the courts determine whether the terms it is sold under in Germany are acceptable. A representative from London notes that the company's objections are linked exclusively to Germany, and so no injunctions are planned in France or the United Kingdom, where Vodafone and the iPhone also co-exist.

The carrier had once been considered a leading contender for the iPhone in Europe, but CEO Arun Sarin has repeatedly told the press that he will not take the iPhone until it has 3G broadband, a feature common to many high-end European cellphones.







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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Wow

    How do we get regulators and lawmakers like that in the US? Are we just not bribing the right people?

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: wow

    The comment can be taken two ways. 1) EU folks have to bribe their regulators and lawmakers to get favorable action, or 2) US folks have to bribe their regulators and lawmakers to get similarly favorable action.

    Either way, it would seem to indicate some corruption would have to come into play in order to arrive at customer friendly business practices. Is that really what you think?

  1. beez1717

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    yay

    let's hope this lawsuit works so that apple starts getting the picture that locking the iphone was a bad idea: it could have had at least 2x the sales had they not stuck to one company. I know several people who would have gotten it had the phone been on their carrier!

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Let's not forget

    That it took a lot of effort on the behalf of AT&T to get features like visual voicemail to work. Other networks don't have the necessary hardware to carry these kind of features, and, as in the case of verizon was more of a mind to have Apple conform to their desires instead of the other way around.

    This isn't just an issue of exclusive contracts here in the U.S., it's also about who can actually support the phone.

    However, in time, I'd put money on it being opened up once we see the next real generation of wireless carrier technology. Then issues of compatibility would be less pervasive.

  1. kirasaw

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    careful what you ask for

    Ok say Apple is force to sell the iPhone unlocked - it is price to get a payment from cell carriers over a 18 to 24 month period. So unlocked cell phone will more than double the price. yes you have the freedom of carrier choice and some feature will work others won't plus you will probably paid a minimum of $1000 us the USA for it and about 1200 Euros or more in Europe. Still think it is a good idea??? I don't. Plus what gives any government agency the right to tell a company how to do business mmmmmm ahhh yet that Marx guy had ideas like that.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: careful

    So unlocked cell phone will more than double the price. yes you have the freedom of carrier choice and some feature will work others won't plus you will probably paid a minimum of $1000 us the USA for it and about 1200 Euros or more in Europe.

    Right. People understand this. The same applies to buying other phones unlocked vs. locked now. No one is saying Apple can't sell locked phones through AT&T. Just some people would like A CHOICE!

    Still think it is a good idea??? I don't. Plus what gives any government agency the right to tell a company how to do business mmmmmm ahhh yet that Marx guy had ideas like that.

    I don't know. A lot of people here seem to think that the gov't should have the right to tell Microsoft how to do business. But people always find a reason to get at MS. I guess its just if its someone telling Apple how to do business?

  1. kirasaw

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re:testudo

    testudo said: Just some people would like A CHOICE!

    You do have a CHOICE - buy an iPhone the way Apple wants it sold or buy one of the other phones in the world that make up over 99% of the market!!! Just like when YOU buy a Mac you have a choice if you want the best and want to ryn the best software and hardware you buy a Mac but if you don't want to be restricted to not having everything thats available to the PC world and want to buy your computer at Joe"s Compter-r- US then you buy computer from another company that makes up about 95% of the market!

    testudo said:I don't know. A lot of people here seem to think that the gov't should have the right to tell Microsoft how to do business. But people always find a reason to get at MS. I guess its just if its someone telling Apple how to do business?

    The big difference here is that MS controls over 90% of the operating system market while Apple has a GOAL of HOPING to sell 1 % of the phones in the world. Huge difference in the protecting the consumer from a monopoly and a company that has 1 one out hundreds maybe thousands of different phones available world wide.

    In the end the solution is simple if you don't like the way Apple sells the iPhone simply buy something else.

    Do you sue Burger King because they don't let Mcdonalds sell Whoppers? I prefer McDonalds fries and service but prefer Burger Kings Whoppers and I demand to be able to have both in one store.

    Get a life - buy a Mac and take a nice long drink of the finest KoolAid every made.

  1. mainframe.ai

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    SimLockFree iPhone 999

    T-Mobile just announced that they will be selling a free iPhone for 999 without contract and without any locks. Well, a rela bargain, huh?

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